Archive for January, 2013

Did you know that before Jessica Chastain captured Osama Bin Laden or learned to cook from her maid, she was just another small town resident with a small business, a daughter who had special needs and a husband that believed an apocalyptic storm was getting closer by the day? While Ms. Chastain has captured Oscar attention this more »

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Thirty by 30

Every newlywed learns this lesson – usually pretty fast: marriage doesn’t make you happy. In this guest post, blogger Lauren Wilgus (of www.handmaden.com) shares her own reminder that contentment is a never-ending pursuit that starts mostly with your own attitude.     I’ve always struggled to know the line between contentment and ambition. I want more »

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Last Monday morning Cliff took Maggie to daycare, as he does most days. He gave her a kissing hand (cutest book ever) and said goodbye. Shortly after that he took the Blue Line to O’Hare and flew off for a week of work meetings in Virginia. That night I picked Maggie at school. Her teacher, more »

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The Myth of the Happy Marriage

We are constantly in pursuit of happiness. And our desires can overshadow reality. Sometimes, before we find that long-awaited spouse, we tell ourselves that marriage will make us happy. That you will feel complete (thanks, Jerry Maguire, for that one). We tell ourselves this about other things as well – the perfect new job, a more »

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45 years…and counting

You may have noticed that this blog has been pretty quiet lately. Ever since December 9, I’ve been searching for words…and peace, honestly. You see, that Sunday morning, my mother passed away unexpectedly. It’s pretty tough to offer insights about marriage when your greatest example of lasting relationship suddenly vanishes. My folks were married for more »

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